Wednesday, August 25, 2010

How Would It Change?

As both of my children ponder moving out I began to wonder how things would change. How would your life change? The big area I was looking at was my food storage. Right now I am storing for four adults plus guests. Soon it could just be 2 adults plus guests. I would buy slightly different food also. Dh and I are diabetic and I could see slightly changing the way we eat. Our garden would shrink a little bit also and I can see planting more fruit trees instead. Of course, I most likely will keep storing for four adults just in case they come back home or have a rough month with their bills. My dear sweet mother in law helped us through some very tough times. I need to be their for my children also with out being a crutch. They will need to make their own mistakes as we made ours.

Other things that could change would be my utility bills. Both my children shower everyday and sometimes twice a day, plus their laundry, etc. It sure would be quiet around here also. ~smile~

So much to ponder.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Getting Organized

This is definitely one area that I need a lot of work in. My style of filing leaves a lot to be desired. I think I am going to make a goal or two for the next couple of months.

1. Get to the filing cabinet and use it. ~smile~ it is not in the best of spots and I need to figure out where to put it so I can use it more.

2. Reorganize my kitchen. I really want to get this done before Rachel starts school on August 30. She is such a great helper and with her not going away to school this year getting it organized will help us both.

If I can get going on these two others will fall into place. If I can work on these two things on good days then on the bad days I am not fretting about how bad the house looks.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Canning Again .....

It has cooled down enough to can again. I have two quarts of diced tomatoes in the canner right now and then I will have pickled sweet banana pepper rings to can. Not sure how many 1/2 pints I will get. After this I will officially be out of pint and half pint jars. I really need to go through and find the cranberry salsa I made last year. David did not like it so I need to dump and wash the jars.

I also need to make barbecue sauce and cranberry sauce to can. I need to make zucchini bread and cake to use some of the shredded zucchini from last year in the deep freeze.

Next couple of days will be busy busy.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Meal Plan Monday

Okay, I just went through the freezer and my deep freeze and through out 1 1/2 garbage bags of very old or freezer burn items. I also moved all of my protein (except for beans) into the freezer in the kitchen. I don't have as much as I thought. I have:

Salmon
Tilapia

2 whole chickens (on the small size)
3 meals of chicken

1 pkg turkey bacon
1 roll of ground turkey
1 roll of pork sausage

1 hamburger patty

I thought I had more ground meat. Not good. Payday is not until Friday so here is my meaus:

Breakfast:
cereals
eggs, toast and bacon
waffles or pancakes

Lunches:
leftovers
peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
tuna sandwiches

Dinners:
chicken thighs, boiled new potatoes and veggie
salmon, corn and veggie
sloppy joes with a bean stretcher added
whole chicken, peas, carrots and onions
spaghetti
tilapia, peas and carrots

Also on Friday we are going out to eat to celebrate Ian's college graduation. Not sure where yet. I will not need anything from the grocery story. I have the basics: flour, yeast, sugar, Bisquick, etc to bake bread and rolls. The bean stretcher is already cooked and in the freezer. I have enough milk (I think) and the only fruit I have are bananas, and home canned pears.

Garden is winding down

It seems early for the garden to be winding down but with the heat we have been having my poor garden could not handle it. We are still getting banana peppers and tomatoes. But the zucchini, yellow squash and cucumbers are gone. We have four watermelons that I pray will make it but the cantaloupe is gone to. I will be making pickled banana pepper rings and can more diced tomatoes but not much more with what is left. I hope to get to the farmer's market for peaches and other veggies that we didn't plant.

How are your gardens doing? Our yield is substantially less than last year. We did plant a peach tree and will plant more fruit trees next year. We are talking about planting a fall garden and we are hoping the heat breaks long enough to prep the area for it and get it planted. I think we will try cabbage, peas, broccoli and cauliflower. Hope it works out.